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Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2006 at 12:16 pm. About Entertainment.

In memory of Chris Penn

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of actor Chris Penn. He is probably best known for his role in Reservoir Dogs or perhaps as the brother of Sean Penn, but I will always admire him for his role in Footloose. I saw this movie at a very young age and have been a fan of it ever since. Penn’s character, Willard, is adorable – sweet, rural, simple, yet wanting more out of life.

It’s very odd that he was found dead at the age of 40; the autopsy was negative, making the situation even more suspicious. Toxicology reports are still pending.

I think part of what makes his death so sad for me is the sense that I’m getting older. The thought that a young member of the Footloose cast has passed away, potentially from natural causes, is bizarre, because in my mind I still see Penn as the teenager striding alongside Ren McCormick, aiding him in his fight against the town council to legalize dancing in Bomont. How sad to know that he grew up, grew older, and is no longer with us.

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